Kennedy Wild Bird Food’s guide to the Chiffchaff

The chiffchaff is a small olive coloured bird that belongs to the warbler family. They can be difficult to spot as they flit through woodland, due to their speed and camouflaged colouring. Chiffchaffs often have dark legs and a very faint white stripe above its eyes, that distinguishes it from other, similar warblers.


The chiffchaff has the same plumage whether it is male or female, so it can be hard to distinguish between the two. It is also famed for its wagging tail when hunting for small insects and displays this behaviour when it spots something delicious to eat.


Where do chiffchaffs nest?

Chiffchaffs prefer the cover of woodland or overgrown shrubs and bushes when it comes to nesting. The female will often be the one to build the family nest and will use dried or dead vegetation such as grass and leaves. They will also build their nests close to the ground, instead of high up in tall trees like other woodland birds.

If you’ve spotted a chiffchaff near you, make sure to head to our BirdSpotter map and log your sighting!


What does the chiffchaff call sound like?

The chiffchaff call is very distinct with its sharp, high pitched bursts that continues in a simple pattern. This pattern has often been likened to the chiffchaff’s name, with some people hearing the call as ‘chiff-chaff-chiff-chaff’.

What do chiffchaffs eat?

Chiffchaffs eat small invertebrates that are easily found on woodland floors and in trees. For this reason, we recommend our dried mealworms or live mini mealworms for the chiffchaff.

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Our live mealworms are delivered directly from the mealworm farm to ensure the freshest mealworms as possible for our customers. It’s best to use these straight away, making them perfect for active birdwatchers looking to attract specific birds to their gardens.